Breathe easy with cleaner air: new funding to fight pollution

Fund Name: Breathe easy with cleaner air
Project Length: Up to 3 months
Project Value: Up to £300k
Deadline: 09/01/2019


Air pollution can have a huge and potentially fatal impact on human health, particularly vulnerable groups such as children and people suffering from lung and heart conditions.

Many of the particulates in the air come from vehicle and surface wear, as well as non-road vehicles and equipment. Addressing these sources will help to reduce harmful emissions and create cleaner air for everyone.

Fund Details

Organisations can win funding to work on ideas that go beyond exhaust and road vehicle fumes:

  • emissions, either from road vehicle brake and tyre wear or road surface abrasion
  • industrial equipment and non-road vehicles used on construction sites, such as excavators, bulldozers, front loaders, cranes and compressors with combustion engines
  • refrigeration units in vehicles including vans or heavy goods vehicles

Projects in this competition should develop and demonstrate products or services in these 3 areas.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition that is being run in 2 phases.

Up to 6 projects can get funded contracts for feasibility studies in the first phase, where there is up to £300,000 available. The best projects will be invited to apply to a second phase, worth £4.5 million, to take their ideas further, develop a prototype and test its effectiveness.

In phase 1, projects can have costs up to £50,000 including VAT and last up to 3 months. Phase 2 projects can have costs up to £1.5 million including VAT


Organisations of any size can lead a project, working alone or with others. Projects should complement the work already being done in this area to increase the number of low or zero-emission vehicles on the roads.

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If you think that you might be eligible for this fund, please Get In Touch by filling out the contact form below.

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